“The Music of the Spheres’
Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, John Dee.
Astronomy or Astrology ? In the 16th and 17th centuries these disciplines were much closer than they are in our world of minute categorisation. The most respected of astronomers, the stargazers, also spent time and earned reputation and income from casting horoscopes for the aristocracy of their homelands. In this newly written text Vivien Jones imagines the lives of the most revered astronomers through the voices of the women in their lives – sisters, wives, mistresses and housekeepers – and The Galloway Consort illustrate their stories by playing renaissance music from the countries where they lived and worked. This includes a musical tribute to the earlier Islamic scholars of Andalucia whose work provided the mathematical and observational base for many European discoveries.
The Galloway Consort is well known for interweaving renaissance music within a story-telling framework – the soft sound of viols and recorders, the plaintive chanson and madrigal, the perkiness of the dance – all combine to evoke a sound that illuminates the text.
Sunday 28th April – 2.30 pm
Ellisland Farm. Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0RP
Saturday 13th July – 7.30 pm
Loch Arthur Community, Cresset Hall. Beeswing, Dumfries DG2 8JQ
Saturday 20th July – 7.30 pm
United Reform Church, Station Road Annan, DG 12 6AT
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